A Victorian amateur undertook a lifetime pursuit of slow, meticulous observation and thought about the natural world, producing a theory 150 years ago that still drives the contemporary scientific agenda
Understanding of evolution is fostering powerful technologies for health care, law enforcement, ecology, and all manner of optimization and design problems
Creationists who want religious ideas taught as scientific fact in public schools continue to adapt to courtroom defeats by hiding their true aims under ever-changing guises
A computer game illustrates the difference between building your own simulated creature and real-life natural selection
Some 180 years after unearthing the first human fossil, paleontologists have amassed a formidable record of our forebears
Contrary to popular belief, humans continue to evolve. Our bodies and brains are not the same as our ancestors' were—or as our descendants' will be
How biological hand-me-downs inherited from fish and tadpoles evolved into human maladies
Charles Darwin saw that random variations in organisms provide fodder for evolution. Modern scientists are revealing how that diversity arises from changes to DNA and can add up to complex creatures or even cultures
Biologists working with the most sophisticated genetic tools are demonstrating that natural selection plays a greater role in the evolution of genes than even most evolutionists had thought
Some evolutionary psychologists have made widely popularized claims about how the human mind evolved, but other scholars argue that the grand claims lack solid evidence
Raising a Glass to Your Health? Not with These Wines
Potentially dangerous heavy metals have been found in more than 100 types of wine from a dozen nations.
Science in the Obama Administration
Stanford University biologist Sharon Long, a science adviser to the Barack Obama campaign, talks about the role science will play after Inauguration Day.
Are You Evil? Profiling the Truly Wicked
A cognitive scientist employs malevolent logic to define the dark side of the human psyche.
60-Second Psych Podcast
More Sex for Women?
Surveys suggest that women, young couples and the over-60 crowd are closing the infidelity gap.
A “Narcotic Farm” That Tried to Grow Recovery
A federal prison in Kentucky was a temporary home for thousands, including Sonny Rollins, Peter Lorre and William S. Burroughs, as well as a lab for testing the effects of such substances as LSD.
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The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) is launching the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge whose
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